posted on Feb, 5 2003 @ 08:08 AM
"Under our model, you would not need an atmosphere [to foster life]. Rocks and water would be enough," said William Martin of the University of
Dusseldorf in Germany.
"Any wet, rocky, sunlit planet will have life," said colleague Michael J. Russell of the Scottish Environmental Research Centre in Glasgow. "It's
a matter of course. Life is absolutely inevitable."
If Martin, a biochemist, and Russell, a geologist, are right, then traditional hypotheses about how the Earth's earliest forms of life evolved are
due for a rewrite.
The pair has published their far-reaching theory in this month's issue of Philosophical Transactions: Biological Sciences, a journal of the Royal
Society of London.
Link - news.nationalgeographic.com...
[Edited on 5-2-2003 by deepwaters]